Alastair Cook shows off his MBE alongside his girlfriend and the Beefeaters, London, December, 6, 2011 © Getty Images

  • Dec 6, 2011

    Alastair Cook was at Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE © Getty Images

  • Aug 3, 2011

    Tom Westley holds a sharp catch to remove Dean Cosker © PA Photos

  • Jun 13, 2011

    James Foster tries to catch an injured pigeon © PA Photos

  • Jun 11, 2011

    Suraj Randiv helped himself to a hat-trick in Sri Lanka's tour match © Bipin Patel

  • Jun 11, 2011

    Ryan ten Doeschate's 164 helped to hold the Essex innings together © Bipin Patel

  • Jun 9, 2011

    Owais Shah returned to Lord's with a matchwinning 78 for Essex © Getty Images

  • May 18, 2011

    Adam Wheater plays the hook shot © PA Photos

  • May 18, 2011

    Alastair Cook made 63 before falling to England team-mate Chris Tremlett © PA Photos

  • May 18, 2011

    Chris Tremlett uproots Jaik Mickleburgh's off stump © PA Photos

  • Apr 21, 2011

    Stephen Peters led Northamptonshire's response with a century © PA Photos

  • Apr 21, 2011

    James Foster's 64 lifted Essex to a healthy 433 at Wantage Road © PA Photos

  • Apr 20, 2011

    Alastair Cook and Jaik Mickleburgh put on 258 for the second wicket against Northamptonshire © Getty Images

  • Apr 10, 2011

    Reece Topley took seven wickets on his first Championship outing © Bipin Patel

  • Apr 8, 2011

    Reece Topley made a mark on his Championship debut © PA Photos

  • Apr 8, 2011

    David Masters removed the key wicket of Martin van Jaarsveld © PA Photos

  • Apr 8, 2011

    Joe Denly lost his off stump to become Reece Topley's first Championship wicket © PA Photos

  • Apr 5, 2011

    Alastair Cook sits with James Foster and Graham Napier at Essex's pre-season photocall © Getty Images